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This real-life Iron Man just broke a jet suit speed record

An inventor from the UK has blasted into the Guinness World record books by clocking up the fastest speed ever in a body-controlled, jet engine-powered suit.

The real-life Tony Stark reached a speed of 32.02mph over a lake at Lagoona Park in Reading, looking like something straight out of a superhero film in the process.

British rocket man Richard Browning designed the £40,000 suit, which is made up of six mini gas turbines and is controlled purely by body movement.

The heads-up display inside the helmet provides key performance information while you fly, and it’s clearly the kind of invention that should be top of a millionaire’s wish list this Christmas.

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But the suit’s inventor proved it’s not all fun and games by ending his run with a mistimed turn and plummeting straight into the water, 45-kilo jet suit and all.

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